Gerald Ciolek and Peter Wrolich are going to opposite climates to train for their first season with Team Milram, while their former teammate Sven Krauss is still looking for a new team.
Ciolek, 22, took a two-week vacation in the Philippines and Thailand before starting his training. He was home in Germany for a few weeks, where he concentrated on jogging, inline-skating and the gym, according to his personal website. On Saturday he flew to Austria for two weeks for base condition training, including cross-country skiing. He will meet a number of his new teammates, including former Team Columbia teammate, Linus Gerdemann.
Gerolsteiner's "Paco" Wrolich, 34, took five weeks off after the season. Instead of the Alps, he selected the sun and warmth of South Africa for his training. Last year he didn't even take a full week off, he noted on his website. "It is going well, but the start is always difficult," he said.
Team Milram will hold its first training camp in Mallorca, Spain, next month.
Wrolich's former Gerolsteiner teammate, Sven Krauss, is still searching for a new team. He would like to stay in the sport for a few more years, the 25-year-old said on his website, but it is not easy to find a team. He had no luck with the ProTour teams and is now in contact with a few Professional Continental teams, but he is pessimistic about finding something. (SW)
(Additional editorial assistance by Susan Westemeyer.)